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What can Brown do for you?

(By Dave)

Domonic Brown was just called up and will take over for Shane Victorino in the Philadelphia center field with the Flyin’ Hawaiian DL’ed due to an abdominal strain on his left side.

Here’s what you need to know about the 22-year-old outfielder:
  • Was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball in their Midseason Updated Top 25 Prospects”, released on July 9, 2010. 
  • Has made Triple-A look like Candy Land, posting a .346/.390/.561 triple-slash for Lehigh since his midseason callup, including five homers, six doubles, 21 RBIs and five steals with a 8/22 BB/K ratio over  107 at-bats.
  • Finished last season with a .299-14-64 line with 23 steals across three Minor League levels.
  • Is the best five-tool player and athletes in the Minors, outside of (maybe) Desmond Jennings.
Now, it’s unclear how long Victorino will be out, and it’s also unclear if the Phillies will make any moves at the Trade Deadline to free up a spot for Brown for the rest of the season — this could easily just be a two-week callup.
With that said, if Brown were to play out the rest of the season, I’d project a .305-5-18 line with 7 steals and 19 runs scored the rest of the way, with more value than other outfielders like Jose Tabata, Jay Bruce, Jose Guillen, Johnny Damon, Brennan Boesch, Austin Jackson and Raul Ibanez

Flash Gordon Approaching (again)


(By Dave)

It only took David DeJesus dislodging his thumb in a nearly catastrophic
way, but, yeah, Alex Gordon is finally back in the Majors with the Royals.

Get out the chips and guac — this could be big!

Wait, actually, put them back. Before we get too excited,
let’s rewind.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft
and the 2006 Baseball American Minor League Player of the Year, Gordon started
off the season as the Royals’ starting third baseman after a few injury-plagued
and lackluster years in the bigs.

The 2010 campaign didn’t start out so hot for Gordon, as the
26-year-old hit .194 (6-for-31) with a double, home run, RBI and 5 runs scored
in 12 games for the Royals before getting demoted to Omaha.

And when Gordon gets demoted to Omaha, Gordon gets mad. And
when Gordon gets mad, pitchers get obliterated.

Since his demotion into Counting Crows Country, Gordon shifted to the outfield and hit .315
(82-for-260) with 20 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 59 runs
scored over 59 games. 

Hey, quit doodling his name on your binder, I’m not done

Those numbers translate into a stellar .315/.442/.577
triple-slash, and, yes, that’s really a .442 OBP, and, yes, at this point I
just want to see how many commas I can fit into one sentence.

In all seriousness, Gordon deserves legit consideration even
in shallow mixed leagues. Crazier things have happened than a former blue-chip
prospect finally figuring it out at the age of 26.

Just don’t tell Brandon Wood that. 

Mid-afternoon snack with Pedro and Tommy


(By Dave)

I already covered Aramis Ramirez in today’s Rundown, but I
wanted to dedicate a little space to two other players who have been really, really good lately. 

Pedro Alvarez, 3B,

          Alvarez went 2-for-4 last night with a pair of homers and
five RBIs. One of those homers was a grand slam.  Guess what the other one was.

Since July 9, he’s hitting.355 (11-for-31) and slugging .742
with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs. This is good.

He’s also walked five times in this span, compared to the
six walks he drew in his previous 72 at-bats – Growth!

The bad news is the strikeouts – Pedro continues to whiff at
an incredible 38.8 clip, pretty much tarnishing any change of his ability to
sustain an average north of .300 (or probably even .275) the rest of the way.

With that said, he’s strong like bull (.277-13-53 line for
Triple-A Indianpolis) and should be a productive hot cornerman the rest of the

It wouldn’t surprise me if he outproduces Scott Rolen,
Michael Cuddyer, Chase Headley and if he’s really really really really really
lucky, Chris Davis.


Tommy Hunter, SP,

          Hunter tossed seven shutout innings last night vs. the
Tigers, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three to improve
to 7-0 with a 2.09 ERA.

Eight of Hunter’s nine starts have been quality

His 1.11 WHIP is delicious.

His 31/14 K/BB ratio does not forebode well. At all.

His .253 BABIP tells me tells me this is some spicy psychedelic
lights show about to go very wrong.

His next two starts are against both likely to be against
the Angels, and I’d sell him immediately for pretty much any good pitcher who’s
production hasn’t been living up to his draft stock (I’m well aware of how
poorly constructed that last sentence was. But I’m pretty much referencing
Javier Vazquez, Wandy Rodriguez, James Shields and Chad Billingsley).


Tales of Giancarlo


(By Dave)

Note: I have no idea why the rest of this post is in bold, SO BACK OFF

Mike Stanton has been hitting the ball very well and far lately.  Let’s dig a little deeper.

The 21-year-old outfielder is batting just .235 on the year with six homers, 23 RBIs, a .445 slugging and an 11/55 BB/K ratio. Those are not the kind of numbers that inspire conga lines.

But these might:

.313-21-52 line in just 192 at-bats with Double-A Jacksonville.

And so might these:

Over his last 11 games, Stanton’s batting .297 (11-for-37) with four homers, four doubles, 10 RBIs and a .730 slugging percentage. If that wasn’t enough, and perhaps it isn’t, he’s also shown a more-mature-but-sure,-it’s-not-incredible 5/11 BB/K ratio in that span, and he’s only fanned once in his last five games. Show me progress!

With a free-swinging approach, it only makes sense that it would take some time for Stanton to morph into a Major League hitter. And to take an Ian Kay approach to this little writeup, Stanton is owned in only 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Personally, I’d rather take a flier on his power potential than keep the likes of Jose Bautista, Brennan Boesch and maybe even Colby Rasmus. 

Weekend tidbits

By Dave

Things I liked and disliked over the weekend:

Matt Diaz: Raise your hand if you like platoon players. Come on! Diaz went a
combined 5-for-8 with two homers, five RBIs and two doubles between Saturday and
Sunday. He’s batting .400 (14-for-35) with a .829 slugging for July. For those
of you who are actually disciplined enough to go about it, Diaz is the perfect
platoon option to insert in your lineup, as he owns a .278/.316/.574
triple-slash vs. lefties this year, and is a lifetime .341 hitter vs.
southpaws. NOW raise your hand if you like platoon players. Thought so. 

Gordon Beckham: Ian
already covered most of GBex here, but feel free to bend Beckham again after
his 4-for-4 Sunday.

Yunel Escobar: Went
3-for-4 with a grand slam – his first homer of ’10 – on Sunday, and is 6-for-13
as a member of the Blue Jays. Yu know yu want to pick up Yunel.

Dexter Fowler:  Everyone’s favorite serial killer went
1-for-12 on the weekend which improves his slump to 1-for-25. Time to cut bait.
Few managers are as fickle as Jim Tracy, so expect Fowler to lose at-bats immediately.

Travis Wood: Took
the tough-luck loss vs. the Rockies on Sunday despite limiting Colorado to one
earned run over six innings while striking out six against four walks. With
quality starts in three out of four tries and a 23/9 K/BB ratio, there’s some good
Wood here.

Jeanmar Gomez: Tossed
seven innings of earned-run-free ball and fanned four in his first career start
vs. the Tigers on Sunday. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he posted
a 5.78 ERA and a 67/41 K/BB ratio over 101 innings for Triple-A Columbus this
season. Now the not-so-bad, kinda-good news is that Gomez went 10-4 with a 3.43
ERA and a 109/40 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings last season as a 22-year-old
in Double-A. This portion of good news/bad news/not-so-bad, kind-good news is
brought to you by Advil.

Starlin Castro: Batting
.545 (12-for-22) over his last six games with three doubles, a triple, two RBIs
and two steals. Hitting .367 and slugging .571 on the month and has hit safely
in 17 of his last 19 games. Just press click.

Kevin Kouzmanoff: Went
5-for-13 with a homer, two doubles and seven RBIs over three-game series with
the Royals. And that’s why you pick up guys when facing Royals pitching.

Jose Tabata: The
guy that Pirates got from the Yankees for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte is
batting .458 (11-for-24) with four doubles, three RBIs and two steals since
July 9. Need steals? No? Well, need a Pirate? Yeah, ya do.

Justin Smoak: Went
0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Sunday. Wait! There’s good news! Went 5-for-7
with two homers and four RBIs between Friday and Saturday. I’m not saying you
should start doodling his name in your binder, but you should at least consider
dumping Chris Davis for him.

Chris Davis: Whoa, sorry there Chris — didn’t see ya standing there. Davis is batting .182 (4-for-22) with zero extra-base hits since his callup
after the Smoak deal. I want to ❤ Davis so much but he gives me no choice
but to start seeing other people.

Miguel Montero: In
the middle of a 3-for-27 slump and is reason No. 219 why you shouldn’t have
drafted a catcher before Round 20 this year.

Geovany Soto: Unless
it was Geovany Soto! Soto’s been hitting .373 with three homers, six doubles, 14
RBIs and seven runs since June 27.

Jay Bruce: Batting
.109 with nary a homer or RBI since July 2. How bad is a .109 average? It’s
5-for-46. Now just look at how small that first number is compared to that
second number.

Chris Perez: With
Kerry Wood on the DL, Perezis the new closer in Cleveland. He saved Saturday’s
first game against the Tigers. It was a double-header. How fun are those?

Rickie Weeks: Went 3-for-5 with two homers on Sunday, is batting
.429 (9-for-21) over a five-game hitting streak and now sports a .272-17-57
line on the year. How much do you hate yourself for vowing not to be fooled by
Weeks again?






Injuries-a-go-go: Justin Morneau


By Dave

Justin Morneau hurt his head and is now officially on the
DL. The move is retroactive to July 8 but Morneau’s injury trail is retroactive
to 2005. And just because you can’t replace a guy who is hitting .345 with 18
homers and 56 RBIs doesn’t mean you can’t try.

Pickup possibilities:

Casey Kotchman – Hitting .400 (12-for-30) with
four homers and seven RBIs in last 10 games. That’s the good news. The not good
news is that Justin Smoak started over him last night and that the chances of
Kotchman replicating those numbers even without Smoak hovering around him are

Travis Ishikawa – Wiretap favorite, Ishikawa has
hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, batting  .375 (12-for-32) with a home run and 11 RBIs
in that span. Remember Crystal Clear Pepsi? That was awesome. Remember Crystal
Clear Gravy? Also awesome. Remember Ishikawa socking nine homers with 49 runs
scored and 39 RBIs in 300 at-bats as a starter last season? Also , also awesome.

Chris Davis – You knew this already. See — here’s proof. Just ignore that whole paragraph on Wieters, k? Good. 

Justin Smoak? – Worth monitoring but let’s see a
pulse before we press click, k?

Matt Wieters also landed on the DL yesterday. This is
actually good news since having him in your lineup everyday was likely hurting
you more than just leaving that roster blank. If only now you are tracking down
a replacement and ignored the Carlos Santana, Buster Posey, Miguel Olivo and
anyone-not-named-Matt-Wieters gravy train, then your team has probably been out
of contention and you probably aren’t reading this right now.

The 2010 AL All-Value Star Team


It’s never not fun debating who should be on the All-Star team. It’s definitely less fun debating who should be on the made up 2010 AL All-Value Star Team — but, hey, let’s do it anyway! 
One thing to note, Yahoo! wasn’t always so helpful in providing guys with their preseason ADPs, so if I didn’t know a player’s ADP, I didn’t put it in. That makes sense.  OK, let’s dance: 

John Buck (.272
AVG, 27 R, 13 HR, 41 RBIs)

Yahoo! ADP: N/A 

It would have been much funner to place Carlos Santana here
but Uncle Buck takes the cake with one of the truest where-did-that-come-from
first halves I’ve seen in a while. Chances are he’s still available in your
league, and I’m actually quite fine with that. 


Other nominees:
Carlos Santana, Jason Kendall
(um, what?) , Matt Wieters

Paul Konerko (.299
AVG, 50 R, 20 HR, 63 RBIs)

Yahoo! ADP: 249.9

Konerko is already just eight homers shy of tying his total
from ’09, is playing for a new contract and is batting in the heart of a
scorching ChiSox order. Will he keep it up? Well, probably not. His 17.5 HR/FB
ratio is likely too high for Pauly K to sustain, and he hasn’t hit north of
.277 since ’06. But, um, yeah – not bad value for the 25th round.

Other nominees:
Miguel Cabrera
(yeah, he’s been that good),
Nick Swisher, Justin Morneau (went
in the 3rd-4th rounds in most drafts)



Elvis Andrus (.280
AVG, 57 R, 0 HR, 25 RBIs, 23 SB)

Yahoo! ADP: 115.1 


Pretty much buttered all of his bread by stealing 11 bags
with a.340 AVG for June.

Alex Gonzalez (.259
AVG, 47 R, 17 HR, 50 RBIs)

Yahoo! ADP: 195.3

Went undrafted in several leagues and has outperformed and
has one more functional thumb than Chase Utley.

Other nominees: Erick
Aybar, Cliff Pennington





David Price
(12-4, 2.42 ERA,1.20 WHIP, 100 K, 115 1/3 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: N/A

Jered Weaver (8-5,
3.20 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 137 K, 121 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: 114.3

Andy Pettitte (11-2,
2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 87 K, 113 1/3 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: N/A

Phil Hughes (11-2,
3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 91 K, 101 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: N/A

Clay Buchholz (10-4,
2.45 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 64 K, 92 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: N/A

So I guess Price finally “figured it out”, Weaver leads the
AL in strikeouts, Pettitte is old but good, Buccholz was dealing prior to hitting the DL and Hughes was one trade away from going to the bullpen. But he’s still really good.

Other nominees: Jeff
Niemann, Carl Pavano, Carl Pavano’s mustache, Colby Lewis, Trevor Cahill.
can make a case for any of these guys.

Rafael Soriano (2-0,
23 SV, 1.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 29 K, 33 2/3 IP)

Yahoo! ADP: 136.7

So this is what his stat-line looks like when his arm isn’t
falling off.

Other nominees: Carlos
Marmol, Jose Valverde, Neftali Feliz, Jon Rauch